This submission outlines United Voice’s vision for a world-class ECEC system and the steps the Federal Government can take in the 2018-2019 Budget to get there. It is a plan to ensure that quality is high, every educator is valued and that no child is left behind.
Everyone agrees: education is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. We can’t have a thriving nation if we don’t nurture our youngest citizens. Educators are the people on the frontline of early childhood education and care (ECEC) every day and they are shaping Australia’s future, one child at a time.
As a result of years of campaigning, there is a consensus across the sector that quality matters in ECEC. However, a gap still exists between theory and practice when it comes to valuing early education and the people who provide it. We can change this.
Valuing children means allowing them to develop and learn with qualified and experienced educators with whom they can form ongoing, secure attachments in a nurturing environment that is sufficiently and expertly staffed. Valuing educators’ means according them the professional pay they merit for the professional work they perform. It is key to a world-class ECEC system and Australian children deserve nothing less.